FRY OUT IN SEMI FINALS
Championship Points Race Stays
Bowling Green, Kentucky -
June 18, 2017:
Headlining the 15th Annual Holley
National Hot Rod Reunion was a stellar Top Fuel field featuring
the quickest and fastest fuelers in the world. At the end of
the day, Jim Murphy grabbed a long anticipated NHRA Heritage
Series Top Fuel event win at the with a 5.71 ET at 257 MPH over
opponent Jim Young who posted 5.92 ET at 253 MPH.
Murphy drove the Roland Leong-tuned
WW2 front engine Top Fuel dragster with remarkably consistent
power and speed throughout the 8-car Eliminations battle, posting
a 5.72 ET at 245 MPH Round One win over Julius Hughes in his
Atlanta Speed Shop fueler and a 5.73 ET at 240 MPH Semi-Final
clincher over March Meet winner Mendy Fry, who footed the High
Speed Motorsports dragster to a 5.81 ET at 260.21 MPH against
Murphy in a tight race that had the capacity crowd going wild.
Although they failed to capture
a record extending 8th NHRR win, team owner Tom Shelar feels
positive that they can regain the points lead with three races
to go in the season. "We have a great car, great driver
and steady crew. There's no reason we can't repeat our March
Meet win at Boise in August."
*There are A LOT of photos in
this coverage because the team really deserves the recognition.
So fans, on behalf of High Speed
Motosports, we hope you enjoy this in-depth coverage.
That left the whole day
to tinker, double check and visit.
Driver Mendy Fry gettomg
the fuel ready.
Stevens and old friend
Frank Hedge just hangin out.
If you've ever been to a NHRR
at Bowling Green you know the odds are very high that you'll
see some rain during the weekend. This year it all hit on Thursday
postponing any track time to late afternoon.
Commentator Whit Bazemore interviewing
Shelar and Fry for a new episode for AAFD titled "Dragstrip
Rumble In Bowling Green".
THURSDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
The first session of Top Fuel
qualifying went off after 9 pm. The fourth pair featured the
winner and runner-up of the 2017 March Meet. Mendy Fry in the
potent High Speed Motorsports fueler and Jim Murphy in his WW2
Racing entry. SoCal vs NorCal.
Walt Stevens did his
backup duty getting Fry exactly where Shelar wanted her.
Final adjustments before
Fry is brought to the line by Sean Bellemeur.
Murphy went to the #2 spot with
a slowing 6.013 at 192.58 while Fry shut off early as well carding
a 7.018 at 158.02.
Getting ready for the
second session Friday.
FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
Friday proved to be rain free
but hot and humid. Fry drew a single. Walt walks to his station
for the burnout.
The car left hard giving
Fry nice early numbers.
With a nice 5.697 Fry
leaped into the #2 spot.
Following the car being
serviced, the engine was warmed up for session three.
FRIDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
Trying to keep Mendy
cool in the staging lanes.
Tom Shelar inspecting
the lane they will be running in.
The second pair out for the last
session was Tim Cullinan and Mendy Fry. Fry was solidly
n the show but Cullinan was not.
Fry's 6.207 at 155.33 was a far
cry from her Q2 5.697 which was good for #3, Cullinan's 6.35
@ 177.81 left him on the outside looking in.
Page Two - Saturday
FINAL QUALIFYING FOR NOSTALGIA
1) James Young, Salem, Wis.,
'07 FED, 5.618 seconds, 260.36 mph
2) Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., '13 Neil & Parks, 5.692,
3) Mendy Fry, Los Angeles, Calif., '16 Hadman, 5.697, 244.65
4) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '16 Mckinney, 5.727,
5) Adam Sorokin, Glendale, Calif., '04 Sterling, 5.881, 185.21
6) Dusty Green, Pleasant Hill, Calif., '06 Neil & Parks,
7) David Miller, Cedar Hill, Mo., '05 Neil & Parks, 6.040,
8) Tyler Hilton, Sharonville, Ohio, '12 Horton, 6.109, 235.93
9) Jason Greenwood, Racine, Wis., '10 Stirling, 6.238, 241.80
10) Julius Hughes, Gainesville, Ga., '11 Horton, 6.281, 241.20